ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- A local library is opening up a special place in their building, and it's a place for teens to go and be themselves. The "Teen Space" opened up at the Steele Memorial Library in Elmira on May 24th. It's built for teens to hang out and relax, find books they'd be interested in, and work on school projects. Everything from the tables, chairs, and even the rugs were picked out by teens themselves. Officials with the library say they hope it can be a place teens can enjoy for years to come. 

"The main thing we're hoping for is that teens will come in, they'll use the library, they'll realize all the things we have to offer," said Chemung County Library District director, Ronald Shaw. "Hopefully they'll realize that we can assist them with schoolwork, we can assist them when they're looking for jobs, you know a wide variety of things that they may not be aware what we do."

The space was funded by a grant of $203,000 from New York State. As well as a grant of $200,000 from the Steele Memorial Library Foundation.